Government has revealed that it will begin to administer booster vaccines for people who received their primary covid 19 vaccinations.
Speaking during the COVID19 daily update on Thursday, minister of health Sylvia Masebo said this is a deliberate move taken by government through the meeting they had with the council of ministers and the disaster management chaired by vice president Mrs. W.K. Mutale Nalumango were decision where made.
Ms. Masebo explained that the booster vaccines will be given to adults above the age of 18 effective the 27th of December 2021, further stating that they will include health care workers as priority and the elderly with underlying illnesses.
She reiterated that those who received the Astra Zeneca, Synopharm Pfeizer and Moderna can receive after 6 months of having being fully vaccinated, while those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine can receive the booster vaccine dose after 2 months of getting vaccinated.
“To administer another dose of the COVID19 vaccine in order to enhance or restore the immunity to a sufficient level this extra dose is what is referred to as booster dose, and may be the same type of vaccine that was initially administered or a different one but from within the approved basket of vaccines” she said.
The minister also revealed that as a result of an increase in illnesses and deaths in Zambia and globally, government has decided to introduce COVID 19 vaccines in children from 12 years upwards.
“This will ensure that our children are protected from COVID 19, we are confident that the ministry of health working with various partners will continue to roll out the program as efficiently and effectively as possible as the country is now in an established fourth wave and the omicron variant continues to be detected”, she further said.
Meanwhile the country has recorded 3,380 new cases of COVID 19 in the last 24hours and 3 deaths.